Parks Associates: Eight percent of U.S. broadband households own a smart thermostat

Smart Home Research Director to Deliver "The Future of Energy Services Market" Presentation at SPEER Summit

Dallas, Texas, April 14, 2015- Parks Associates research finds smart thermostats were the most commonly purchased smart home device of 2014, with 8% of U.S. broadband households now owning one. Smart lighting is also growing in popularity, with 7% of households having some kind of smart lighting capability. The research firm will discuss the smart home, consumer interest and adoption, and strategies to translate consumer intentions to actions at the SPEER Regional Energy Efficiency Summit in Dallas today.

Tom Kerber, Director of Home Controls & Energy Research at Parks Associates, will present in the session "The Future of Smart Technology: What Consumers Want" at the SPEER's third-annual summit at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14.

"Utilities and energy providers have a unique opportunity to leverage smart devices through bundled value-added services to create new revenues," Kerber said. "Consumer interest in the smart home is increasing, and to continue this momentum into the early majority, companies need to align solutions with actual consumer demands while ensuring interoperability with current and future solutions."

What: Tom Kerber, Director, Home Controls and Energy Research, Parks Associates, presenting at the SPEER Regional Energy Efficiency Summit, "The Future of Smart Technology: What Consumers Want"

Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 P.M. CT
Where: Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum by the Galleria, 14901 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, TX 75254
Twitter: @ParksAssociates, @TomAKerber

Mr. Kerber leads Parks Associates research in the areas of home controls, energy management, security, home networks, and the smart home ecosystem. He authors numerous reports every year covering the evolution of technology, partnership opportunities, and new business models. He also leads projects for many Fortune 500 companies to help clients refine smart home strategies, develop scenarios of the future of the smart home market, enhance product roadmaps, and refine specific product features.

Mr. Kerber will moderate the session "Winning Channel Strategies for Smart Home Services" at CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference, hosted by Parks Associates on May 19-21 in San Francisco. Get updates on the event via Twitter at @CONNECTIONS_US, #CONNUS15, and on the CONNECTIONS™ Industry Insights Blog. Media interviews with Tom Kerber are available. To request a meeting or specific research data, contact Holly Sprague at or 720-987-6614.

About Parks Associates
Parks Associates is an internationally recognized market research and consulting company specializing in emerging consumer technology products and services. Founded in 1986, Parks Associates creates research capital for companies ranging from Fortune 500 to small start-ups through market reports, primary studies, consumer research, custom research, workshops, executive conferences, and annual service subscriptions.

The company's expertise includes the Internet of Things (IoT), digital media and platforms, entertainment and gaming, home networks, Internet and television services, digital health, mobile applications and services, support services, consumer apps, advanced advertising, consumer electronics, energy management, and home control systems and security.

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